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Natural Bad Breath Fixes

Bad breath, or halitosis, afflicts most of us at some point or another. If your friends have told you that you have bad breath often (and you know that they are friends if they tell you, because it’s often difficult to detect bad breath ourselves), rather than rely on gums, mints, and mouthwashes that are primarily flavored alcohol, there are…

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Rotator Cuff

Rotator Cuff Injury Causes and Treatment Options

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is injury to the rotator cuff, which is comprised of a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, providing the shoulder with both stability and movement. The tendons from these muscles merge into a single rotator cuff tendon that attaches to the top of the humerus. Most…

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Exercises for Sciatica Pain Relief

Sciatica (or sciatic neuritis) is a set of symptoms arising from the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerves or nerve roots. It is experienced as pain in the lower back and buttocks, and sometimes in the legs and feet, and may be accompanied by tingling sensations or numbness, muscle weakness and restricted leg movement. The pain may be felt…

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Mold in Your Home

Mold is ubiquitous; its spores are pretty much everywhere. It’s when they are blown into our homes and begin to grow there that they pose a health risk to us. Mold spores in the home become airborne, and exposure to them – living or dead – can cause sinus congestion, cold-like symptoms, sore throats, coughing, and asthma attacks. Long-term exposure…

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Upper Crossed Syndrome Causes and Treatment Options

It is increasingly common to see people (not only the elderly) with stooped, rounded shoulders and a neck bent forward. Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS), sometimes also called Upper Cross Syndrome, is caused by an imbalance in the flexor and extensor muscles of the chest and upper back. Though those with a sedentary lifestyle are most at risk for the condition,…

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How to Choose the Right Pair of Sunglasses

As the summer days grow longer and warmer, we are increasingly drawn outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. And though we have all heard about how important it is to shield our skin from the potentially damaging rays from the sun, it’s also important to remember to protect your eyes with the right sunglasses. Though they can be…

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Shoulder Anatomy

Anatomy of the Shoulder

The shoulder is the part of the human body in which the upper arm attaches to the axial skeleton of the torso. The bones that form the pectoral (shoulder) girdle on each side of the body are the scapula (also known as the shoulder blade) and clavicle (collar bone) whereas the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint is formed by the intersection of…

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Allergy Season Survival Tips

While many look forward to Spring and its abundance of flowers, for allergy sufferers it’s more likely to be a season of stuffy noses, sneezing and watery, itchy, irritated eyes. For some, these symptoms may escalate to include sore throats and headaches. If you experience several of these symptoms and they persist for more than a couple of weeks, you…

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Chiropractic for Acute Back Pain

Acute or sudden onset back pain can be due to a number of causes. It’s easier than one thinks to sprain or strain the tendons, muscles and ligaments that support the spine, especially if we are out of shape. While sports injuries are common, sudden onset back pain may also be a result of just bending over to pick something…

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Elbow Bursitis Causes and Treatment Options

While we are usually unaware of the bursae in our bodies, when one of them becomes inflamed, the pain is hard to ignore. A bursa is a pouch filled with a small amount of lubricating fluid that provides cushioning between a bone and a tendon, ligament, muscle or skin, which allows them to slide smoothly over the bone as it…

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Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Falling is never good at any age, but is a particularly hazardous event for the elderly, who are not able to reduce the impact of a fall as well as younger people can. Most falls occur in women, and the risk increases with age. Fully two thirds of those who experience a fall will do so again within the following…

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Hyperlordosis Causes and Treatment Options

Our spine is normally curved. This helps to reduce shock and distribute weight evenly along the length of the back. However, in hyperlordosis (sometimes simply called lordosis and commonly known as “swayback”) the natural lordotic curves in the spine become overly pronounced, causing pain and sometimes spasms in the lumbar muscles. Though hyperlordosis most often occurs in the lumbar region…

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